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Three escape as plane crashes near Diss

PUBLISHED: 10:21 16 June 2008 | UPDATED: 10:32 12 July 2010

Three people had a lucky escape after a light aircraft crashed in a field

near Diss.

An air accident investigation was last night already under way into the incident, which happened at about 4.

Three people had a lucky escape after a light aircraft crashed in a field

near Diss.

An air accident investigation was last night already under way into the incident, which happened at about 4.10pm on Saturday at Brook Farm, Burgate.

The four-seater aircraft plunged into the field, ending up on its roof.

One man was freed from the wreckage by emergency crews. The victim was taken by air

ambulance to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital but was not said to be in a life-threatening condition.

Two other people on board had already managed to struggle free and were taken to hospital as a precaution.

Local people spoke of their relief yesterday that those involved had escaped with their lives.

Villager Sheila Rush said: “We had heard lots of fire engines and activity passing through the village, but I am shocked to think it was someone's plane that had crashed. Thank goodness nobody was killed.”

No further details have been released about those on the plane or the origin of the aircraft and its destination.

Matthew Ware, of the East of England Ambulance Service, said: “We were called at about 4.12pm on Saturday, and when we arrived at the farm in Burgate we found that the aircraft had come down in a field quite near to the house.

“One man was still trapped in the aircraft and was released and was taken by air ambulance to hospital with chest and shoulder injuries.

“The other two people were already out and they were taken by land ambulance to hospital as a precaution.”

The farm owners declined to comment, except to say they were relieved the accident had not been more serious.

Information about the circumstances of the crash to Suffolk police on 01473 613500.

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